I am an Artist!

Cards, Interactive cards, So Suzy stamps, Stamplorations, Watercolor

Its 5h30 now as I write this and I’m awake cause I have a raging fever and I’m waiting for the meds to take effect so I can go back to sleep! Whats keeping me awake is also thinking of all the cards I want to make… so I can’t be that sick after all LOL… or I’m just delirious! So forgive me if I start rambling (more than usual) or say something stupid… like my post title!

I also thought I should catch up with my blogging as I’ve had little time the last week since our return from our beach vacation in France, what with having 4-5 kids in the house as my kids had friends stay over and my hubby being away to look after his sick mum. So grab a mug/drink and bear with me while I share my thoughts with you.

 I was starting another free 21 day meditation by Oprah and Deepak called Desire and Destiny and the first session had us close our eyes and ask ourselves who we are. So thats what I did and the first answer that instantly popped in my mind was “I am an Artist”! That answer really surprised me, as I have never considered myself creative, let alone an artist, because being an artist meant being good at my art and I’m a long way from that.

Since I started making cards though, I have learnt to be creative. Yes, I do believe creativity does not have to be innate but can be developed and cultivated and influenced by everything and everyone around us.  I have grown so much creatively, in the last year, just by trying new techniques and learning how to draw and watercolour. So now I am accepting that being an artist just means creating, good or bad, it doesn’t really matter, as long as I enjoy it. I can thus openly say: I am an Artist!

With that in mind, I want to share my first attempt at trying to create a watercolour scene. Its also a shaker card with the seahorse in the shaker part so when you shake it, it moves along with the sequins.

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I first water coloured my seahorse, from So Suzy stamps, with my Zigs watercolour brushes. I actually did it in the car on our long drive from Germany to France, using my Misti as a support to stamp and colour! LoL! I then fussy cut it and put it aside.

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Back on a normal table, I tried creating an algae forest with my Zigs, on watercolour paper, then stamped the plants, also from So Suzy. I mounted foam tape around this scene and added sequins and my seahorse in it.

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 This went behind the blue card front, which is a part of a set of embossed cards my friend Monika from Creative with Monika, gave me, so I don’t know where its from. I had first coloured it with Distress inks and splattered water on it to create an underwater look before cutting a stitched rectangle window. The die cut word “hugs”, from Stamplorations, was also coloured with distress inks and water splattered before I die cut it with my Big Shot Plus.

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I then mounted the whole card with foam tape, on a light blue card and it was finished! It didn’t take me too long and I’m happy I tried it. I will continue to try and play more with my watercolours as it gives me a lot of pleasure.. and thats what counts after all!

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Thanks for bearing with me till the end and your comments are always appreciated!

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I’m playing along with:

HLS watercolour.png Happy Little Stampers watercolour challenge  – Anything Goes. They are also giving away $100 of their products and all you have to do is create a wish list in their shop here!

addicted to stamps n more anything goes Addicted to Stamps – Anything Goes

Crafting with an attitude Crafting with an attitude – Anything Goes

tic tac toe.png Tic Tac Toe challenge – I went with the second row down, critter, distress ink and embellishment with my sequins.

stamplorations sketchn theme.png Stamplorations theme and sketch – I just went with the theme

Watercolour shaker card

Cards, Die cuts, Interactive cards, Watercolor

Now that my first self designed hand made shadow box cards are finally out on Etsy and DeWanda, just in time for Chinese New Year, I have a little time to “play” in a few challenges before the orders come flooding in (wishful thinking)… :). I was happy to be able to make another watercolour card with my Brushos as they are my favourite colouring element!

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This card was made right after I finished my heart shaker card with the shaving foam technique and I wanted to do a simple one layer watercolour card. Unfortunately I had to change my plans, so I decided to cut it out and make a shaker card instead!

To colour the front of the card, I masked the centre of the card stock with a heart die cut, sprinkled 4 different Brushos paint powders; lemon, emerald green, turquoise and purple, one vertical line after another, using just my hand to mask each line. I spritz water on it and the powders dissolved leaving this beautiful blend of colours! I then cut out a panel with Stamplorations Cutplorations “Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies” which I have never used before!

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I chose this text from Riley & Company because Brushos work like magic to me! I was going to stamp the sentiment onto the masked heart but a closer look showed some spots I didn’t notice before, so I had to cut it out and make a shaker card instead. I cut the heart using my X-cut die and proceeded to make the shaker bit in the heart.  Its a see right through shaker card so the sentiment is stamped right on the inside of the card. The back of the shaker card has a border of a larger heart to mask the adhesive of the shaker card.

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I really loved how the colours on this card turned out but i’m still not convinced about the shaker card bit, wasn’t quite the CAS effect i was going for. In hindsight, I guess I could have just glued a clean heart over the soiled one. What do you think?

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I’m playing along at:

Happy Little Stampers Watercolour – Anything Goes challenge without the optional twist of a stencil. I really love their helpful videos!

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge – Start Afresh to use something never used before. That would be my Cutplorations stitched die

Penny Black and More – Anything Goes

Before I leave I can’t help but show off my shadow box cards I designed for Chinese New Year. Took me a week to before I was finally happy with the design and colours used to decorate it, so I’m quite proud of them! 🙂

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I designed them in my Silhouette studio and cut it with the Silhouette portrait plotter. Stamped Technique Junkies “Asian Women” stamp all over and and heat embossed it with Wow embossing powder. Even the sides of the boxes are decorated and the back has the Chinese New year greeting and a hole to put the led light.

As its completely new, I couldn’t help but enter this in Simon Says Stamp’s Work it Wednesday Make something new challenge.

Thanks for stopping by and Have a great week!

Shadow boxes and more

Cards, Die cuts, Shadow box cards, Silhouette portrait, Watercolor

I was at the Creative Fair in Stuttgart last week and came back with a …Silhouette cutting machine! It cuts all shapes, even ones downloaded from internet and self drawn images! I bought it mainly for text, as I can never find the right text I want. But what I discovered I could do with it, is amazing! Christmas came early for me!! I am going gaga with the shadow boxes and 3D card templates.

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The machine cuts all the pieces and you just have to assemble it! This template comes from Lori Whitlock. I could have just left it white but it wouldn’t have seemed very handmade to me if I did. So I used Brushos paint powder to colour the blue sky and Momento ink to colour the sand. A little WoW embossing glitter added shine to the front curves.   It slides flat so it can go in an envelope and the sentiment is behind the box. I will definitely be making afew of these for my kids’ school Xmas market.

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Heres how it looks with a led light behind! Gorgeous isn’t it?

I’m entering this in:

Christmas card: colour challenge christmascardchallenge

Sweet Stampin – Anything Goes

Heres another card I made with a template from the machine and my own dies combined. It took ages for me to finish this card as the template was for a 3 fold card but I wanted to make a shaker card out of it. I ended up only using the snow globe part of the template.

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Took me awhile to get the shaker part done and in the end you can hardly notice the “shaker bits” in it! I absolutely wanted to use it anyway because I am particularly proud of my colouring of the woody background in the nativity scene.

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I coloured it with my Zig clean colour brushes before dry embossing it with my Darice wood grain embossing folder. I also used my Zigs to give the front part of the snow globe a stained woodgrain look. The sentiment comes from a Stamplorations die cut from layered washi tapes. The patterned paper was cut using craft scissors.

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Don’t you just love the multi coloured shine of the Washi tape!

I’m playing along with:

Happy Little Stampers – Anything goes with dies

Die Cutting Divas – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Christmas to Die For

Stamplorations – Anything goes STAMPlorations-anythinggoes

Kisses Birthday card

Cards

I made this card late one night, when my daughter came to me and asked for a birthday card for her friend, who was having her birthday the next day! And oh by the way, can she have a card with lips on it! So I left my comfy spot on the sofa and made this. When she saw it the next morning, she loved it and asked me if I had done it by kissing the card! LoL!

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I would have if I didn’t already have a lips background stamp called Lipstick Kisses from Technique Junkies, which I had never used before, so I was really happy to finally have the occasion to try it. I coloured the stamp with different red and pink inks and stamped it on a white card stock. I sprinkled clear WoW embossing powders on it and heat embossed it to create a nice glossy sparkle to the lips.

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You can’t see it sparkle so well in this (blurry pic) but the lips do shine! I cut the panel with the stitched rectangle from the MFT blueprints 20 set and adhered it on the card. I used Stamplorations die to cut out the Birthday sentiment on the card and a piece of thin cardboard, and together inlaid it back again so it would be just a little raised from the card. The Happy comes from Hero Arts Happy die and stamp set.

Hope you liked this simple card and sorry for the bad photographs!

I’m playing along with:

Sparkle and Sprinkle challenge – Always anything goes using glitter, embossing powder or flocking

Blessing Ink – Amusing challenge – Anything Goes

Learning German after 50

Cards

I grew up speaking English in Singapore and I studied Mandarin as a second language in school. When I was 25, I moved to France and managed to parler francais after 6 months. At 35 I started learning Spanish when I met my husband, who is from Madrid. So when we were ready to leave France 4 years ago, I didn’t want to move to a country where I would have to learn yet another language, especially at my age! I already started having mild forms of amenesia…going into a room and forgetting what I went there for…mixing up my childrens’s birth dates…😱 so I didn’t think I would be able to learn a new language.

But as luck would have it, we landed up in the little town of Ulm in Germany. Unlike France, most people here will gladly speak English with you and I managed to get by the last three years speaking mainly English and some important German phrases like “Ich möchte ein Pinot Grigiot oder Chardonney bitte.”( I would like a Pinot Grigio or Chardonney please…) and other food and alcohol connected phrases!

Unfortunately, as I now feel slightly embarrased when I have to tell people I’ve been here for 3 years and I still don’t speak the language, I decided to enrol myself into intensive German courses, 4h every morning for 2 months! After the 1st week I was already drowning in German grammar, especially since my English grammar wasn’t very good to start with (I had to look up what a verb and a noun was… lol!). After the second week, I started to question if my pride was worth all this effort, especially since I had a minimum of 2 to 3 hours homework everyday!  The actual work would probably only have taken an hour but as I wanted to understand every single word I read and every German grammar rule, I spent alot of time in my (paper) dictionary and the 230 pages of German grammar in English I had downloaded!

So what have I learnt so far? Learning a new language after 50 is exhausting! Is it beacuse most of my brain cells are dying or is it the constant need to understand things like, why articles change genders depending on the context! I know most languages associate a gender to their nouns, but German, in what I have come to understand is their need to be VERY precise, takes it to a whole new level of complexity! Can you believe that whether “you’re going to the chair” or just “sit on the chair” makes a difference to the word “the” in “the chair!!! So before I can even form the sentence “Sit on the chair”, I have to remember if “chair” is feminin, masculine or neutral, then remember if “Sit” is in the dative or accusative form, then assign the appropriate article to it! Arrrah!!

Anyway, all that to explain my lack of any creative endeavours the last 3 weeks. 😉 This was especially frustrating as I had just received so many incredible crafting gifts on my birthday. Altenew stamps, Zig clean markers and new Stamplorations dies and stamps… to name afew!

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I finally managed to make 2 cards and the above card followed the sketch from Viva La Verve and the colours from MFT Color challenge. I first sponged in Pumpin Pie ink from Stampin Up and spritz water on it to create the “blotched” background of the card. I cut it with my new Crazy double running stitch die from Stamplorations and adhered it on my white card. I used my new Altenew Peony bouquet layer stamps to create the flower and leaves, and I added in more colour with my new Zig brushes (love them!). I used the coordinating dies to cut them and pasted them on the white panel. The sentiment die cut comes from Stamplorations too and this was cut from a watercolour panel I had coloured with my brushos. Three little purple gemstones finished my card.

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I’m quitehappy with how it turned out as they are not colours I would normally use, but I’m glad there are challenges out there to push me out of my comfort zone!

The sketch from Vive La Verve verve

The colours from MFT mft-color-challenge

I’m also entering this card in:

Altenew Ultimate challenge blog hop altenew

Addicted to Stamps – Make your mark addicted-to-stamps

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I made another card with my new Altenew stamps, in a hurry one night, and unfortunately the lighting doesn’t really do it justice. This one was made by first stamping the outline stamp of the peony and heat embossing it with my new Wow embossing powders. I then added brusho powders and spritz water on it to create the watercoloured background. The “thanks” die cut comes from Stamplorations cutplorations series. I added some clear glue dots to resemble water droplets. I adhered this panel onto a purple cardstock I had cut with my Sue Wilson double sided stitched dies before sticking it to my white card.

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I’m playing along with:

Cards and More – No designpaper

Stamplorations spotlight project – Using Brushos stamplorationspotlightproject